29 May 2017 New, tougher penalties for using mobile phones have failed to stop drivers using their phones in the UK. More than 200 drivers a day were caught by police despite the new fines of £200.00 and six penalty points. According to Steve Gooding from the RAC Foundation the ‘key message isn’t sinking in’. He also said, "Driving is a safety-critical activity that requires our full attention. Hands need to be on the wheel and eyes looking out of the windscreen, not down at the phone screen". Some campaigners are calling for even tougher penalties but the AA president, Edmund King is calling for ‘more education and police enforcement’. In 2015, 22 people were killed and 99 seriously injured in accidents involving mobile phone use by drivers. The BBC reported these incidents from police reports:
A man doing his online banking while driving along the M5 motorway near Birmingham
A woman answered a text message about her lost puppy
A driver speaking on his phone while driving a 7.5-tonne lorry around a roundabout in Bournemouth
A school minibus driver with 10 children on board in Manchester checking his phone while driving
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What are the penalties for using a mobile phone while driving? Why is driving and using a mobile phone dangerous? What are the laws about mobile phone use and driving in your country?
to call for – to ask for something to happen a penalty – a punishment for doing wrong to sink in – to understand and respond to (a message or information) an incident – something that happens, usually negative
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Some campaigners are calling for even tougher penalties but the AA president, Edmund King is calling for ‘more education and police enforcement’. Why is the present continuous used in this sentence? The speaker is making this request at the moment and it has not yet been complied with. Therefore the request continues, although he may not be saying these words at this moment. Highlight the text for solutions